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Ohio Man Gets Buried on His Harley-Davidson

By January 31, 2014

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Motorcycle Burial

Some of us are more attached to our motorcycles than others.

Take, for instance, Bill Standley of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, who was so enamored of his 1967 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide that he spent years planning a funeral to feature his embalmed body aboard his beloved steed. "He was a quirky man," daughter Dorothy Brown told the Dayton Daily News of the man who enlisted his sons to build a casket for him based on a septic tank.

The structure was reinforced with wood and steel rods to handle the weight of the Hog and the body, and uses a Plexiglas case for viewing. Bill's son Roy says the structure was in Standley's garage for five years, and that Bill often showed it to visitors.

Motorcycle Burial

This isn't the first time we've seen a biker buried aboard his ride-- remember this guy?-- and it likely won't be the last, especially if a rider committed to making a post-mortem statement has the family, friends, and funeral home to support those wishes. The sentiment behind Bill's son Pete says it all: "He'd done right by us all these years, and at least we could see he goes out the way he wanted to."

Sources: Bikes in the Fast Lane, Dayton Daily News

Photos Dayton Daily News

January 31, 2014 at 2:52 pm
(1) Scottie says:

Well, that’s one way to go.

Mine’s a bit different. One last carbon footprint. As Morrison said “Come on baby light my fire”.

February 1, 2014 at 1:30 am
(2) chris yurdiga says:

When I kick, I hope my brothers ride my harley, not bury my bike.
2005 Roadking Classic

February 1, 2014 at 10:11 am
(3) Pete says:

“Quirky” is a pretty good word for this.

February 1, 2014 at 11:48 am
(4) Christina Ashley says:

He was certainly a dedicated rider….:) RIP

February 1, 2014 at 7:18 pm
(5) wesley says:

i want to be bury in my truck when i go

February 5, 2014 at 8:10 am
(6) Johann says:

I think I would like to do exactly the same!

February 5, 2014 at 10:46 am
(7) Pat says:

My question is, if he’s going to be buried this way, what’s with all the glass. also, very creepy. And Dumb

February 5, 2014 at 11:00 am
(8) Norym says:

Hey! A lot of Harley riders are different. Accept it. There IS a difference between
bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts.

February 5, 2014 at 11:07 am
(9) Peter says:

I am not so sure an old Harley would be able to make it that far to heaven. Even if it did, he’s have to leave it at the gate. :-)
There seems to be three responses to this story from here and elsewhere. One is Eeww! The second is what a waste of Harley. Thirdly is cool!

February 5, 2014 at 12:04 pm
(10) DAN says:

What a way to go R.I.P bro.

February 5, 2014 at 2:58 pm
(11) eponym says:

Appears a bit creepy, yes, tails from the cryptish like, but, true love makes one do unusual things. Rest in peace upon your beloved steed.

February 6, 2014 at 10:05 am
(12) Macho Man says:

Buried with my bike ,Unreal , Pass it along to siblings who appreciate the rideing experience. But on the flip side ,I guess its better to bury the bike than let the unloving ESTATE share in the sale profits .

February 7, 2014 at 7:03 pm
(13) Peter says:

On second thought. When my dad passed away, I picked up his ashes and the funeral home for a sea burial and rode him home in my saddle bag. He was a motorcycle lover and I thought at the time how he would have loved this. I did a little asphalt dance down the road and sang one of his favorite ditties.

February 14, 2014 at 12:52 am
(14) Rudolph.A.Furtado says:

” Epitah :- He rode to his grave on his beloved vehicle “

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