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Harley burial: Man forever on motorcycle in see-through casket

Harley burial in Ohio.
Harley burial in Ohio.
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A Harley burial of an Ohio man was done by having his dead body on the motorcycle placed in a see-through casket. New York Post reports Jan. 31 that a 1967 Electra Glide cruiser that was custom-painted was the perfect way to be buried for Billy Standley on Friday. He died at the age of 82 from lung cancer.

The report said it took five embalmers to make everything perfect for Standley's body to stay on the Harley-Davidson motorcycle. A metal back brace and straps were put on his body so he would never lose his seat, the NY Post wrote. Three large burial plots had to be obtained for the Plexiglas casket. They were next to Standley's wife's grave.

This Harley burial had been planned years in advance. Standley was known to show off the see-through casket that his two sons had built for him. He actually wanted people to see him on the motorcycle before he was buried in the ground.

“He was a quirky man,” said Standley's daughter, Dorothy Brown.“But when it comes to us kids, he loved us, he raised us well and, of course, we wanted to help him.”

Standley was on the Harley "with his eyes closed astride the big bike. He was dressed in black leathers, a white helmet and glasses, his gloved hands grasping the handlebars," the report said.

Billy Standley got the Harley burial he, in a bizarre sense, was excited about. His family saw to it that he had his wishes fulfilled. It took three large burial plots to make it happen, but it happened the way he wanted it to.

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