MECHANICSBURG, Ohio – An Ohio man’s family fulfilled his dying wish – to be buried astride his beloved Harley-Davidson motorcycle encased in a see-through casket.
But it wasn’t easy. The project required an extra-large cemetery plot to accommodate a Plexiglas casket for Billy Standley and his hulking custom-painted 1967 Electra Glide cruiser. Five embalmers worked to prepare his body with a metal back brace and straps to ensure he’ll never lose his seat.
Standley’s family said he’d been talking about it for years and liked to take people to the garage to show off the unusual casket his two sons had built for him.
He told people he didn’t just want to ride off to heaven, he wanted the world to see him do it in the big see-through box.
He was a quirky man, daughter Dorothy Brown said. But when it comes to us kids, he loved us, he raised us well and, of course, we wanted to help him.
The Dayton Daily News reported that Standley, of Mechanicsburg, west of Columbus, died of lung cancer Sunday at age 82. He was buried Friday.
His family agreed the processional to the cemetery might be considered a little bizarre, even shocking.
He’d done right by us all these years, and at least we could see he goes out the way he wanted to, Pete Standley said.