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Harley burial: Man gets burial wish astride his Harley in clear casket

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A Harley burial was a not-so-simple request made by a man named Bill Standley. You see, Standley loved his Harley, so much so that he wanted to be buried with it. On Jan. 31, Standley's final wish came true. His body was perched atop his custom-painted 1967 Electra Glide cruiser in a huge plexiglass box and paraded through Mechanicsburg, Ohio during his funeral procession according to The Christian Science Monitor.

"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," reports The Christian Science Monitor.

The Harley burial was something that Standley really wanted -- and so his family did everything they could to fulfill his final wish. His sons, Pete and Roy, worked hard to build the casket which they reinforced using wood and steel rods.

According to the report, Standley started planning for his funeral years before he passed away. He bought a large enough cemetery plot for starters -- and he also worked with the funeral home to ensure that his funeral was held outdoors -- this way, all of his biker friends could watch him take his "final ride." In many ways, it's moving. Cool. And in other ways, it's totally strange.

The Harley burial made news around the country this weekend. Bill Standley might have had a far-fetched idea, but it was a way that his family could "give back" even if it was after he had passed away. Standley was 82.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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