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Ohio man will be buried astride beloved Harley

The family Billy Standley Mechanicsburg Ohio carried out his wish be buried his 1967 Harley Davidsmotorcycle Friday Jan. 31 2014

The family of Billy Standley, of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, carried out his wish to be buried on his 1967 Harley Davidson motorcycle Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, burying him in a large Plexiglas casket at Fairview Cemetery in Crawford County, Ohio. Standley's family said he'd been talking about being buried on his Harley for years. His sons, Pete and Roy, fashioned the casket out of Plexiglas, reinforcing the bottom with wood and steel rods to handle the extra weight. Five embalmers worked to prepare Standley's body with a metal back brace and straps to ensure he'll never lose his seat. (AP Photo/The News-Sun, Marshall Gorby)

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MECHANICSBURG, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man’s family is fulfilling his dying wish — to be buried astride his beloved Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

But it hasn’t been 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 see-through casket. His sons began fashioning it about five years ago.

The Dayton Daily News reports that Standley of Mechanicsburg, west of Columbus, died of lung cancer Sunday at age 84. He was to be buried Friday.



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