MECHANICSBURG, Ohio – Billy Standley loved his 1967 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide so much that he wanted to be buried on it.
Standley, who died Sunday at 82 of lung cancer, got his wish as he was scheduled to be laid to rest Friday in a special plexiglass casket containing him riding his bike.
“He was a quirky man,” his daughter Dorothy Brown told the Dayton Daily News. “But when it comes to us kids, he loved us, he raised us well and, of course, we wanted to help him.”
Standley bought three extra burial plots at the Fairview Cemetery in Mutual, next to his wife, Lorna, to accommodate the 9-by-11-foot cement septic tank able to accommodate his bike. His sons, Pete and Roy, fashioned the casket out of Plexiglas, reinforcing the bottom with wood and steel rods to handle the extra weight. For five years, it sat in Standley’s garage and “if you stopped by his house, he showed you his casket,” Roy Standley said.
“He was proud of it.”