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Brian Buria, 62

Brian Patrick Buria of Bigfork, Minn., formerly of Mountain Iron, Minn., suddenly passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at his home.
Brian was born on Jan. 25, 1962, to Steve “Muffy” and Sandra (Kottke) Buria in Virginia, Minn. After graduating from Mountain Iron High School, Class of 1980, he attended Mesabi Community College and Hibbing Community College, receiving a degree in law enforcement. He went to work for Stillwater Correctional Facility and then spent the next 20-plus years working for the DNR as a conservation officer living in Hallock, then Bigfork. He volunteered with the Bigfork Fire Department and other agencies around the Bigfork and Grand Rapids areas.
He spent his early life trapping, weight lifting and making sure Rufus (family dog) got a great swim at Mott Pit. Rufus probably met him at the pearly gates sitting along with his ’70 Dodge Super Bee.
Survivors include: his mother, Sandy; brother, Paul (Julie) Buria; and sister, Debbie (Steven) Falkowski; nieces, Stephanie (Joshua) Irwin and Melanie (Travis) Koenen; nephew, Stephen (Alexis) Buria; two grandnieces, Olivia Irwin and Willow Koenen; three grandnephews, Ilo Irwin, Micah Buria and Isaac Buria; aunts, Karen (Nickie) Palo, Nina Buria, Beverly (Keith) Colcleugh and Sharon Buria; uncles, James (Roxanne) Kottke, Ken (Carol) Kottke, Steve (Sharon) Kottke and Michael “Mickey” Buria; numerous cousins, extended Bigfork family, and great friends Rick Moore, Ronald Root and Stuart Bensen.
Brian was preceded in death by: his father, Steve; grandparents, Byron “Bud” and Grace (Gillaspey) Kottke, and Michael and Mary (Spehar) Buria; uncles, Jack Palo, James Buria and David Buria; aunt, Juanita Buria; and childhood friend, John Nikolanci.
Per Brian’s request a private family service will occur at a later date.

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