Billy Standley was spectacularly laid to rest in a Mechanicsburg cemetery on Friday while seated on the back of his 1967 Electra Glide cruiser thanks to the handiwork of five embalmers and a metal back brace and straps. The 82-year-old motorhead succumbed to lung cancer on Sunday.
Billy Standley always told friends and family he’d be buried riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Now thanks to his adoring family, his dying wish has been fulfilled.
As his family told the Dayton Daily News it was a project that’s been in the works for the last several years he’s been alive.”If you stopped by his house, he showed you his casket,” his son Roy Standley told the paper. “He was proud of it.”
The casket consisted of a 9-by-11 cement septic tank, Plexiglas and wood and steel rods to reinforce the bottom. Because of its large size, it also required the purchase of three burial plots, which were next to his wife, Lorna.
He was a quirky man,” his daughter Dorothy Brown told the paper. “But when it comes to us kids, he loved us, he raised us well and, of course, we wanted to help him.”
When the 82-year-old succumbed to lung cancer on Sunday, his final ride kicked into gear.
In a public procession Standley’s body, bike, and Plexiglas casket was towed from the funeral home to the Fairview Cemetery with motorcyclists from all across the country turning out to join in his monumental ride, as 10TV reported.
“He’d done right by us all these years, and at least we could see he goes out the way he wanted to,” his son Pete Standley told the Dayton Daily News.