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June 3, 2022

Indiana Woman Loved Her Red Cadillac Convertible So Much That When She Died in 1989 She Was Buried in It

Aurora Schuck loved her red 1976 Cadillac convertible so much that when she died in 1989 she was buried in the back of it. According to newspaper articles it took 14 burial plots and the hole measure 27 feet long, 12 feet wide and 6 feet deep.

Aurora, Indiana business owner Raymond Schuck operated a family plumbing business on the corner of Second and Main Street. He loved his little town and so did his wife, Aurora. Aurora Schuck was a native of Cuba and had her name changed to Aurora. Ray was a tall thin man and Aurora was very short and she loved to drive her big 1976 red Eldorado Cadillac convertible with the top down.

In 1989, Aurora lost her fight against cancer at the age of 62. Her final request was that she wanted to be buried not only next to her beloved Ray but with her favorite car, the Eldorado. Ray found out pretty fast that you can’t just bury a car with a body in a cemetery. A total of 14 plots had to be purchased and dug. A concrete vault needed to be poured which measured 27 feet by 12 feet and was 6 feet deep before the car prepared for it’s final trip to Riverview Cemetery. The car sparkled from the beautiful wax job. Before the funeral, Ray said he was going to fill the gas tank so Aurora could ride around. Well not really. The gas tank was removed and the car made ready for internment.

A crane was needed to lift the Cadillac with its top down into the vault. Aurora’s casket was then set atop the car.

The couple worked tirelessly promoting the city. To this day the Christmas displays that they bought together over the years still entertain visitors in the windows of their old downtown storefront which still bears their name. Ray died in 2002 and his cremated remains were piped down beside his beloved Aurora at the Aurora Riverview Cemetery.


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