Wacky Wills

Wacky Will Wednesday: Wills That Make You Go “Hmmm…: Billy Standley

by Rania Combs

NB: This post is part of a series highlighting wills that contain some interesting, and sometimes bizarre, bequests and stipulations. You can see all these posts here.

Billy Standley, loved his Harley Davidson motorcycle, which he credited for helping him keep his sense of adventure after he settled down to raise four children. He loved it so much that his dying wish was to be buried riding it.

So he bought three extra burial plots next to his wife’s grave for that purpose.  Then several years ago, his two sons built a transparent Plexiglas coffin, reinforced by metal and wood, to accommodate Standley and his motorcycle. He kept in his garage and was apparently so proud of it that he showed it to anyone who stopped by his house for a visit.

Billy Standley died last week of lung cancer. He was buried at Fairview Cemetery in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, dressed in black leather and sunglasses, and riding on his 1967 Electra Glide cruiser. The funeral was held outside so that mourners could witness his last ride.

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