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 Billie Leo “Bill” Standley

Billie Leo “Bill” Standley

Mechanicsburg, Crawford County, Ohio, USA
Death 26 Jan 2014 (aged 82)
Mechanicsburg, Crawford County, Ohio, USA
Burial Mutual, Champaign County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 124305592 · View Source
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STANDLEY, Billie Leo 82, of Mechanicsburg, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014 in Mercy Memorial Hospital. He was born November 16, 1931 in Mechanicsburg, OH the son of Leo Edgar and Bernice Alberta (Armentrout) Standley. As a young man, Bill was a rodeo rider of bareback and saddle horseback riding. He received many awards for this. Bill retired from Dallas-Mavis Trucking in Springfield after driving truck for 47 years. He loved to travel and after retiring he traveled to Europe, Australia and South America. Bill traveled to all states, except Hawaii, and many of those trips were on his motorcycle. He was a member of the Eagles and the Teamsters Union. Bill enjoyed motorcycling, fishing, dancing, horseback riding, water skiing, traveling and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by two daughters, both of Mechanicsburg; two sons, both of Mechanicsburg; 9 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren; brother, of Bellefontaine; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bill is preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 48 years, Lorna Standley; grandson, Loren Christian Lamar Standley; infant granddaughter; daughter-in-law, Robin Sue (McFann) Standley; brothers, Elmo, Blair, Cleve and Leonard Standley; sister, Ruby Brown. The family would like to thank the staff of Mercy Memorial Hospital and hospice for the compassion and care that was given to not only Bill but to his Family. It was truly appreciated. A gathering of family and friends will be held will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014 in SKILLMAN, MCDONALD & VERNON Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg. Following the visitation, a procession will go to Fairview Cemetery, Mutual where a graveside service will be held with Jim Mayo officiating. Bill requested that any and all Harley or motorcyclist be welcomed to attend and ride at his services.
29 Jan. 2014

On the highway to heaven: Ohio biker is buried in leathers astride his beloved 1967 Harley-Davidson in a huge transparent casket.

Billy Standley and his sons spent years preparing for unique burial.

Body of 82-year-old, who died of cancer, was on display as motorcycle escort led the way to his funeral.

The family of an Ohio biker has fulfilled his dying wish by burying him astride his beloved Harley-Davidson in a see-through casket.

Dressed in his leathers and sunglasses, and sitting on top of his 1967 Electra Glide cruiser, Billy Standley, who died on Sunday, was taken for one last ride.

The body of the 82-year-old, who died of lung cancer, was visible through the transparent Plexiglas coffin that his bike has been placed in.

He started the funeral preparations himself, buying three large burial plots next to his wife, Lorna so the hole would be big enough to accommodate his unique casket.

His sons Pete and Roy fashioned a casket out of Plexiglas and reinforced the bottom with wood and metal.

To ensure Mr Standley didn't become unseated on his final journey, embalmers prepared his body with a metal back brace and straps.

'We've done personalization … but nothing this extreme,' Tammy Vernon, who works at the funeral home, 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.'

The family man was pleased with his funeral plans and would show off the casket, which was stored for five years in a garage, to visitors.

"He was proud of it," Roy Standley said.

While his family agreed that the procession to the cemetery, during which the body was on display, may be shocking, they wanted to honor their father's last wish.

He'd done right by us all these years, and at least we could see he goes out the way he wanted to,' Pete Standley said.

His daughter, Dorothy, added that he was 'a quirky man'.

Mr Standley, who used to work as a bareback rodeo rider, was be escorted to the ceremony by a procession of bikers.

Some of the mourners at his graveside donned motorcycle jackets for the occasion as they watched the extra large coffin be lowered into its massive plot.

MOnline, 2 Feb. 2014

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