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article imageOhio man buried atop his beloved Harley-Davidson

By R. Francis Rubio     Feb 1, 2014 in Odd News
Mechanicsburg - An Ohio man was granted his final wish Friday, when his family carried out the motorcycle enthusiast's plans to be laid to rest astride his beloved 1967 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide.
Ever since his family could remember, Billy Standley loved motorcycles, and almost as long as that, the Ohio man talked about riding to Heaven and wanted the whole world to see. So thanks to nearly 18 years of planning by the man himself, when it was time for Billy Standley to take his final ride, the whole world could see.
However, it wasn't all that easy for Stadley to make his final wish a reality, it took lots of work and years of planning. He started at Fairview Cemetery in Mutual, Ohio, where Standley purchased three extra burial plots along side of his wife Lorna. Then Standley and his sons Pete and Roy began building the casket out of wood and Plexiglas, using steel rods to reinforce the bottom.
After the construction of the casket was complete, it sat in Mr. Standley's garage for five years, ready to accompany him on his final journey. "He was proud of it," son Roy told the Dayton Daily News. "If you stopped by his house, he showed you his casket."
Standley was diagnosed with Alzheimer's approximately a year ago. However, it was lung cancer that eventually claimed his life.
The Standley family said his Harley helped the avid outdoors-man retain his sense of adventure.
"He was a quirky man." said 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."
Photos of the funeral show Mr. Standley atop his Harley wearing his leathers and surrounded by some of the trophies he had won.
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