Nidiffer memorial service set Saturday in Brookings

A memorial service for Ray and June Nidiffer is set for 2 p.m. Saturday in the Brookings-Harbor High School gymnasium, 625 Pioneer Road, Brookings.

The couple died last week in what police called a murder and suicide. June Nidiffer, 80, was found stabbed to death March 15 in the couple's locked apartment at the Rogue Valley Manor. Ray Nidiffer, 79, was rushed to Rogue Valley Medical Center with an apparently self-inflicted stab wound and died of respiratory failure March 20.

Ray Nidiffer built Brookings-based C&K Market Inc. into a regional grocery chain that operates his namesake Ray's Food Place stores as well as Price Less Foods and Shop Smart. The Nidiffers also were active in a variety of community activities in Brookings. They moved to Medford in 2002.

Family, friends, employees and the public are welcome at the memorial and rooms at several Brookings motels have been reserved at a preferred rate for people traveling to the service, said the public relations firm handling the announcement.

A Web site,, has been set up for people to leave remembrances and condolences online.

Memorial contributions in the name of Ray and June Nidiffer can be made to Ray's Foundation, a charity Ray Nidiffer founded to support health and education in the communities where C&K Market has stores. Donations can be sent to Ray's Charitable Foundation, 615 Fifth St., Brookings, OR 97415.

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