Steven McIllwain, president and CEO of Coastal Instruments, died July 24. He opened the company in 1990, and is remembered as the lifeblood of the business. He was the person everyone came to with issues or technical problems.

“He was a wealth of knowledge and was extremely willing to share that knowledge with anyone that needed it,” says his son, Terrell McIllwain.

In his personal life, Steven is remembered for his roles as a loving husband to his wife, Elizabeth, and an outstanding father to his two sons, Terrell and Andrew. “He was so excited to meet his first granddaughter in November,” Terrell says. “He was an avid golfer, fisherman and armchair football coach. He recently was able to get his dream car, a 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible, and was able to enjoy it for some time before his passing.”

Steven passed down a wealth of knowledge to his sons over the years, and they plan to make him proud by continuing his legacy at Coastal Instrument and Supply Company.

Services will be held July 29 in Melbourne, Fla. A second service will be held Aug. 5 in Tennessee, where he will be laid to rest with is parents.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in Steven’s honor to a charity of choice.

Melbourne, Fla. Services

  • Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Home, 1001 South Hickory Street, Melbourne, FL 32901
  • Viewing 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Memorial service at 5 p.m.

Manchester, Tenn. Services

  • Coffee County Funeral Chapel, 786 McMinnville Highway, Manchester, TN 37355
  • Viewing 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Memorial service at 3:00 p.m. with transport and burial services at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Tullahoma, Tenn.

About Coastal Instrument & Supply Company

Coastal Instrument & Supply Company was founded in 1990 in Melbourne, Fla. Its business philosophy: Earn satisfied customers one at a time with professional service, quality products and competitive pricing. From its store in Palm Bay, Fla., the company offers instrument repair, calibration, new instrument sales, complete inventory of supplies and accessories, and same-day shipping on most products ordered by 2 p.m. Eastern. Offerings include advanced GPS systems, total stations, laser levels and precision optical instruments.