Ohio biker, 82, buried on his Harley

Ohio biker, 82, buried on his Harley

Ohio biker, 82, buried on his Harley

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Posted on February 1, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 1 at 1:26 PM

Michael Winter / USA Today

MECHANICSBURG, Ohio -- Billy Standley, of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, was buried Friday in the Plexiglas casket his sons built, firmly astride his beloved Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He was 82, his bike 47.

Standley's heavenly ride is a custom-painted 1967 Electra Glide. Wearing his old black leathers, a white helmet and clear aviator glasses, he will travel forever with his eyes closed, his gloved hands grasping the handlebars, the Dayton Daily News reported, including a photo of the dearly departed biker.

Five embalmers outfitted the father of four with a metal back brace and straps to ensure good riding position inside the see-through casket. He was accompanied by his trophies.

"We've done personalization … but nothing this extreme," Tammy Vernon, of Vernon Funeral Homes, told the paper.

Standley's family said he began planning for eternity 18 years ago, and bought three additional burial plots next to his wife, Lorna, at the Fairview Cemetery in Mutual, Ohio. His two sons, Pete and Roy, then set about building their father's final resting place, which they reinforced with wood and steel.

It sat in his garage for five years.

"He was proud of it," Roy said. "If you stopped by his house, he showed you his casket."

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