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Biker Buried Astride
Beloved Harley in Plexiglas
Casket Feb. 1, 2014

ABC News, by Liz Fields

Original Article

Posted By:barbcrose, 2/2/2014 2:46:51 PM

An Ohio motorcycle enthusiast´s family has carried out their father´s long-laid and elaborate funeral plans, that were 18 years in the making. Billy Standley, 82, of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, was buried Friday, embalmed atop his 1967 Harley Davidson and encased in a giant plexiglass casket. A couple of hundred people turned up at the funeral which was held outside so all of Standley´s biker friends could attend, two even arriving riding their own motorcyles.

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O.K. this is a bit strange...even by today´s standards!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: kanphil, 2/2/2014 2:57:12 PM     (No. 9716137)

In spite of the somewhat unusual nature of his request, his family stuck to it to the letter. My wishes for my final disposal are somewhat unusual, and I can only hope that my family will be as faithful.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 2/2/2014 2:58:13 PM     (No. 9716139)

well, okay - at least he didn´t mandate that anyone else accompany him, like a Pharaoh...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mnwxyz, 2/2/2014 3:00:00 PM     (No. 9716140)

In Iron Age Britain, kings (tribal chieftains) were buried standing up in their chariots. You can see many excavated gravesites of that sort on the ´Net.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Boneshaker, 2/2/2014 3:49:03 PM     (No. 9716190)

The 1976 Harley will be exhumed by some volunteers as soon as the ground thaws.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Elvira, 2/2/2014 4:34:35 PM     (No. 9716238)

I´m sorry, but I do not want to be buried. I have an unnatural fear of being suffocated. Which is why I quit smoking after witnessing my Mother die of COPD,. I do not have the strength to endure what she went through. Yet, I still want one of those damned things today.

I guess it´s a crypt for me. I have four plots back home as a backup in an emergency. But I think I´m going to be buried in Manassas Battlefield. Its meant a lot to me, especially the last 30 years. They have crypts there for people like me. AND I want a bell or cellphone or something in case a mistake has been made. And it has been made in the past!!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Harleynyc, 2/2/2014 4:42:31 PM     (No. 9716247)

a ´76 Harley ? no great loss.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: aasilver, 2/2/2014 5:01:00 PM     (No. 9716272)

In early 2005, the British TV series William and Mary had an episode where the corpse was in a sidecar and the Harley hit 100 MPH.
They then set the corpse astride his beloved Harley and using a crane, he was lowered into his grave and buried.

Real life following TV.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: paperpuncher, 2/2/2014 5:02:03 PM     (No. 9716274)

Read the article. It´s a 1967 Harley.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 2/2/2014 5:21:27 PM     (No. 9716298)

A friend of mine sold that same bike (same color) for a LOT more than he paid for it and it was daily rider not a restoration. Hats off to this guy and his family!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ketchuplover, 2/2/2014 5:45:16 PM     (No. 9716332)

Ghost Rider in the making....

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Coy860, 2/2/2014 8:38:13 PM     (No. 9716469)

I hope this man put as much thought and planning into his eternal soul.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: provide, 2/2/2014 9:32:13 PM     (No. 9716506)

Was he stuffed like Trigger?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/3/2014 12:31:29 AM     (No. 9716650)

How often are they going to pull him out and look at him in that Plexiglas ?

Creepy, but hey, it´s his burial.

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