Stabbing victim Nidiffer now in critical condtion

Raymond Nidiffer's medical condition has been downgraded to critical, and family members have gathered around his bedside, a spokeswoman for the family said this afternoon.

Beverly Mayhew said the family was not releasing any additional information at this time.

Nidiffer, 79, a retired owner of Ray’s Food Place grocery store chain, was with his wife, Mary June Nidiffer, 80, when she was fatally stabbed Sunday in their apartment at Rogue Valley Manor. He was injured with apparently self-inflicted knife wounds, police have said.

A patient is in critical condition when vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits, according to definitions compiled by the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. Additionally, the patient may be unconscious, and indicators are unfavorable.

Critical is the most medically fragile of the four one-word conditions that hospitals use to describe a patient’s condition.

Mayhew issued a statement that said “the Nidiffer family appreciates the public’s concern about Ray” and they “continue to be buoyed by the support and heartfelt condolences they’ve received by so many friends."

Details about a service for June are still pending.

— Bill Kettler

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