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Ohio man buried astride beloved Harley motorcycle

Posted: January 31, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Updated: January 31, 2014 4:00 p.m.

The body of Bill Standley secured to his 1967 Harley Davidson rests inside a plexiglass box during his funeral service on Friday.

 

MECHANICSBURG, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man's family has fulfilled his dying wish — that he be buried astride his beloved Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

But it wasn't easy. The project required an extra-large cemetery plot to accommodate a Plexiglas casket for Billy Standley and his 1967 Electra Glide cruiser. Embalmers prepared his body with a metal back brace and straps to ensure he'll never lose his seat.

Standley's family said he'd been planning it for years. He said he didn't just want to ride off to heaven, he wanted the world to see him do it in a see-through casket. His sons began fashioning it about five years ago.

The Dayton Daily News reports that 82-year-old Standley of Mechanicsburg, west of Columbus, died of lung cancer Sunday. He was buried Friday.

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