Clyde Wallace Billing, 86, died Aug. 24, 2010, at Augusta Rehabilitation Center.

He was born May 4, 1924, in Anson, one of six children of Everett and Hazel (Knox) Billing.

He married Harriett Wellman Nov. 6, 1943, and they were married for 65 years until her death in 2009. Together they raised eight children in Washington.

Clyde was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the Philippines. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9437 and a 50-year member of the Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge in Washington.

Clyde and Harriett started Washington Garage in 1955, doing general automotive repair and used car sales, then obtained the Saab franchise in 1958. Although they operated at the Washington location until 1966, the main dealership was moved to Riverside Drive in Augusta as Clyde Billing Inc. in 1965. In 1967 his was the third-largest Saab sales dealership in the United States. They added the Subaru franchise at that site and as the business grew it was relocated to State Street in 1980. Eventually the dealership included Volkswagen and Itasca motor homes. In 1989 Clyde and Harriett shared the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award.

One of Clyde’s passions was racing. He was a renowned racer in the Sports Car Club of America in the 1960s, competing on the East Coast. He was best known for his ice-racing skills, for which he was known as the King of the Ice, winning the National Ice Racing Championship in 1970.

Clyde and Harriett had many wonderful trips together, seeing Europe, Japan and much of the United States, his favorites being the several trips they took to visit and fish in Alaska. He was a member of the Good Sam Club and the Maine-a-Bago Club. He also was a collector of vintage cars.

His love of fishing and hunting in Northern Maine and at his camp on the St. John River was known by all. During his retirement he enjoyed farming and raising his Herefords.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Harriett; a son, James; two brothers, Lester and Harold Billing; and two sisters, Lucille Yount and Florence Moody.

He is survived by six sons, Clyde Michael Billing and his wife, Sandra, of Augusta, David Peter Billing and his wife, Leona, of Palermo, Kendrick “Butch” Billing and his wife, Nancy, of Greenville, Robert Billing and his wife, Darlene, of Washington, Steven Billing and his wife, Gloria, of Augusta and Bruce Billing of Cape Neddick; a daughter, Mary Billing, of Washington; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Violet Vital.

Visiting hours for family and friends were held Aug. 27 at the Hall Funeral Home, Waldoboro, where a funeral was held Aug. 28 with the Rev. Robert Dorr officiating.

Burial followed in the West Washington Cemetery in West Washington.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the James Billing Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 408, Washington, ME 04574.

Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting