Bethel School District Eugene OR

Chris Kilcullen Memorial Garden


Officer Chris Kilcullen was a 1986 graduate of Willamette High School,
and remained a respected and recognized protector of the community.


Eugene Police officer Chris Kilcullen was killed in the line of duty on April 22, 2011. Chris was a 1986 graduate of Willamette High School and a long-time friend, supporter, and protector of the community. Leadership students at Willamette chose to honor Chris by completely transforming the school’s Senior Courtyard into a garden that’s become an oasis in the middle of campus. Members of the Kilcullen family joined dozens of volunteers, friends, students and school supporters for the ribbon-cutting ceremony dedicating the garden in July 2012.

Today the Kilcullen Memorial Garden features a beautiful curved path, welcoming benches, and flourishing plants.
The project was a community effort with significant donations of time, products, money, equipment and volunteer effort.

Donations are still being accepted to help with the ongoing maintenance and care of the garden.
Contributions by check can be made payable to “Willamette High School” with “Chris Kilcullen Memorial Garden” written in the note.

Please mail donations to: Willamette High School, c/o Deliene Miller, 1801 Echo Hollow Road, Eugene, OR 97402.

Contributors to the project include:

Michael Weir (Landscape Design)
Terry Thorn of Delta Landscaping (Landscape Work)
WHS Leadership Class (Initial Concept, Fundraising, Volunteers)
Willamette Pride (Community Outreach, Volunteers, Donation Solicitation)
Brooke Cottle
Margaret Hansen
Peter Burrows (WHS Principal)
Willamette Graystone (Pavers)
John Deere Landscaping (Sprinkler Parts, Flagstone)
Pappy’s Pizzeria, Inc.
Wildish (Gravel)
Knife River (Concrete)
Belfor (General Contractor, Donation Solicitation)
Eugene Excavation and Plumbing (Excavation)
Eugene Airport Rotary Club (Pavers)
Class of 2011
Parents of the Class of 2011
Class of 1960
Class of 1953
Class of 1951
Joni & Jacques De Saint Phalle
Joann & Roger Schliep
Marie Bennett-Setchko
James Zechmeister
Marjorie Jensen
Michael Duggan
Wayne Allen
many additional donors and contributors.


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