Skip to comments.Ohio man's wish fulfilled as he is buried on motorcycle
Posted on 02/01/2014 12:19:17 AM PST by South40
The dying wish of an Ohio motorcycle aficionado that he be buried astride his beloved Harley-Davidson was fulfilled by his family -- although it wasn't easy.
Billy Standley's body was prepped by five embalmers with a metal back brace and straps, The Dayton Daily News reported. He was affixed on top of his bike a 1967 Electra Glide cruiser-- which was then placed inside a Plexiglas casket. For five years, the box stayed in Standley's garage, one of his sons told the newspaper.
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Bless his heart and a big thumbs up to his family for respecting his wishes. R.I.P. (ride in peace) Brother Billy.
*ping of interest*
Ping to show hubby later— at times I think he’d rather be married to his Harley !
Went to WalMart and had wallet sized pic of my '07 Street Glide made. Their reaction when I went in and pulled my wallet to show them a pic of my "Baby" was priceless....
Pretty stupid if you ask me.
Why waste a good bike and the dead man sees and knows nothing. I know ‘respect the man’s wishes’ but its still stupid and a waste other than for freak show entertainment value.
I actually “encourage the relationship”. Sometimes he just needs to get out of the house and ride! Comes back in a much better mood!
“He was affixed on top of his bike a 1967 Electra Glide cruiser— which was then placed inside a Plexiglas casket. For five years, the box stayed in Standley’s garage, one of his sons told the newspaper”
Am I the only one who thinks this sounds like he was dead and propped up in the garage for 5 years??
Funerals are for the living.
I hope they sell my trike to some other chick who has a blast riding it like she stole it.
I won’t be needing it anymore.
I thought the same thing. There’s a reason that the word “had” came into being. Much clearer to say “had stayed” for five years.
That’s what he wanted, so that’s what he got. Certainly got some people some overtime pay.
I suppose, though, depending on the quality of the embalming, it would not have been *that* bad.
[I swear I read something like this but kinkier in an Easy Rider mag back in the 70s]
To each his own. It’s also a lot better than that boxer who was set up in a ring.
How long before someone digs this up and steals the bike?
He should have given his motorcycle away...like James did to Red Molly.
“How long before someone digs this up and steals the bike?”
Yup. Some famous mobster or other was buried in Holy Cross cemetery in Brooklyn back in the thirties in a “solid silver coffin”. My guess is that that coffin ain’t in there no more...
I'm with you. If there's anything I learned from the Vietnam experience, dead is dead. I used to carry a wallet full of pictures of pretty girls and motorcycles so the guy that killed me would have a great souvenir. Wasting a perfectly good and valuable Harley on some dead guy's last wishes is stupid.
When I'm dead, I won't care at all what they do with my left-over shell.
I read that sentence about 5 times thinking... naww, they didn't leave the guy in a plexi box for 5 years, did they?
At least cover the thing with sheet to keep the neighbors from talking.
according to ohio law did he have to be wearing a helmet ?
If it were New York, It would have to to be a Full-Head Size helmet with eye protection and reflective tape on all four sides.
I know, because every time I went through NY, I had a special helmet for that leg of the journey!
It took a backhoe and a crane to bury the box the bike is in. I can't imagine anyone going through the same to dig it up without being seen but I suppose that depends on the security present at the cemetery.
I wonder if he appreciates all the work that went into his burial
I call dibs on your trike! ;)
It was poorly written, to be sure. The end of the article indicates that he died last Sunday, so presumably he had the box ready for his final wishes. The story also indicates he had planned the final arrangements in advance. Thanks.
I don't know, but St. Peter strictly enforces a heaven helmet entry law. Once you go through the gates, you can take it off.
Well Hunter S Thompson wanted to be shot out of a cannon, and he got it.
Kinda like Lenin on a Ural!
I still like the thought of him just chillin’ in the garage for a while.
Do you like dogs and snakes?
Good one !
Dogs, snakes, and Alice Cooper ;)
I can ask for no better owner....:)