Scroll through the dozens of articles you see published on Autoblog every day, and you'll quickly get an appreciation for how fundamental the love of vehicles is for many of us. Editors and commenters alike, we'd argue, show depth of feeling for the conveyances that both color and enrich our lives.

So, while it's certainly unorthodox to hear that Billy Standley had been making arrangements to be buried astride his beloved 1967 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide for nearly two decades, it's safe to say we understand the impulse.

Family members describe Standley as "quirky," and "gruff" but with a heart "as big as all outdoors." His children were happy to see his last wishes carried out, even if the logistics behind burying a man on a motorcycle, inside of a Plexiglas box, wasn't exactly simple.

The Dayton Daily News reports that Standley's sons built the box to both accommodate the bike and rider, and also to fit inside the nine-by-eleven-foot cement container needed for the burial. Meanwhile, a team of five embalmers prepared Standley's body, securing him to his Harley with straps and a metal back brace.

Tammy Vernon, of Vernon Funeral Homes in Standley's hometown of Mechanicsburg, OH, told The Dayton Daily News, "He was the one who kept throwing this idea out there, to be buried on his bike. We were glad to assist him."

Though not the first to be memorialized on the motorcycle of his dreams, Standley's wishes, and his family's perseverance to see them carried out, are a final flourish that we think much of the Harley-riding community will appreciate. Scroll down below for a video report.


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      Herbie
      • 10 Months Ago
      In a couple of years, AB will have a story how a crew pulled up with an excavator in the middle of the night, and dug out the Harley.
        Sikaty
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Herbie
        It's going to happen in few days. The dead man does't need it anyway.
      That Mike
      • 10 Months Ago
      When I die. I want you'll to pull out a little liqour, bury me in some Evisu jeans, a USDA top, and a throwaway glock. Bury me a G, nothing more nothing less. When I get where I'm going, I just got to be fresh.
      machineman
      • 10 Months Ago
      dead man riding / he was always a sit down guy
      Jake Laird
      • 10 Months Ago
      One less Hardly on the road.
        Andre Neves
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Jake Laird
        Do they REALLY bother you THAT much or are you just an idiot? I'm guessing the latter.
      lendersmith
      • 10 Months Ago
      It's a good thing his hobby wasn't captaining oil-tankers.
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'll be cremated, what a waste of space in modern times to take up that sort of space.
        Hek!
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Timothy Tibbetts
        I``ll be buried upright, with a ladder... both efficient and easy to get out when I come back as a zombie. =)
      E85 450HP Forester
      • 10 Months Ago
      One of the creepiest things I have seen in my lifetime, what a selfish bastard, waste of resources, donate the money fool.
        Spartan
        • 10 Months Ago
        @E85 450HP Forester
        Apparently you weren't here a few years ago when the guy from Puerto Rico was buried astride his Sport Bike. That was creepier than this by far.
          thecornfedmule
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Spartan
          http://blog.motorcycle.com/2010/04/28/manufacturers/honda/not-even-death-can-stop-him-from-riding/
      Jason
      • 10 Months Ago
      While it's a novel Idea, it's a TOTAL WASTE of that poor Harley! Sorry, but it stupid to be buried with any possessions, be it jewelry, money or car/motorcycle. Your Dead, your not riding, driving it or showing it off in Heaven or Hell. All you need is a suit/dress (only for your viewing at that) and the coffin your in, you won't know anything different because your DEAD!
      S.
      • 10 Months Ago
      Weekend at Bernie's, pt. 3???
      benleonindubai
      • 10 Months Ago
      if he had quit smoking, he would not be in a plexi glass and six feet under- he would still feel the wind in his face and the sight of endless road.
        Chris
        • 10 Months Ago
        @benleonindubai
        How do you know he didn't quit smoking? That picture of him with the cigarette in his mouth looked like it was taken 30 years ago. Either way, an 82 year old man dying isn't exactly material for an anti-smoking ad.
      citroen_2cv
      • 10 Months Ago
      Live to ride, ride to R.I.P
      Jobu
      • 10 Months Ago
      Creepy as hell, even if we have seen this before.
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