84-year-old man buried astride his beloved Harley

Laughing Squid: "84-year old Bill Standley of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, who recently died of lung cancer, was buried riding atop his 1967 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, attired in full riding gear, encased in a coffin made of wood and plexiglass. According to his family, he’d been making these arrangements for the better part of two decades." See the full photos here.

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  1. That's the kind of gesture that really says "I love this bike far more than I love the family members who might have had a chance to enjoy it after my death."

  2. As the pharaohs of ancient Egypt proved, you CAN take it with you. . . but whether it's encased in a triangular mountain of stone or a plexiglass case, grave robbers will still take it away.

  3. Great, now we'll soon have an entire gang of undead geriatrics terrorizing the village.

  4. Archeologists in the future will think this man was one of our gods, probably the son of James Dean or Peter Fonda

  5. At first, I was having a hard time believing this burial happened. A wood and plexi case like this would collapse under the weight of the earth on top of and around it, closing in all the space around the corpse and motorcycle and making hasty grave robbery virtually impossible. You'd need a backhoe to dig this thing out. But strangely, Ohio law doesn't require a burial vault and this is likely a cemetery that simply doesn't require one. Most do. But for the right price, I guess you can buy anything, anywhere. Anyway, this weight-of-earth is enough to prevent any sort of theft, but the corpse and cycle will certainly be effected by dampness, insect infiltration, ground water, and the surface above this, erm, thing, would certainly slump and collapse as the earth crushed and slid into the container, which would require the cemetery maintainers to backfill it periodically, possibly for years to come. This grave would certainly be a danger to folks mowing the lawn on a riding mower before it collapses entirely and finally in years to come. [Former cemetery worker here.]

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