John Daniel Anaruma

October 18, 1928September 10, 2010

John Daniel ‘Red’ Anaruma (October 18, 1928 – September 10, 2010) died peacefully in his sleep Friday morning at 9:14 a.m. from complications due to a variety of illnesses. He was upbeat and irrepressible until the end.

Born in Covington, Kentucky to John and Amy (Mackabee) Anaruma, Red’s father was a bus driver and his mother was a housewife. Red was one of four brothers, all of whom were raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Red graduated from Purcell High School, a Roman Catholic parochial school in Walnut Hills, and then served in the United States Navy until 1950, earning the World War II Victory Medal and rising to the rank of Seaman First Class.

After the service, he traveled around the country, settling in Alaska during the building of the pipeline where he was known as “Dangerous Dan.” He eventually returned to Cincinnati where he was the proprietor of several nightclubs and other entertainment establishments in the Cincinnati and Louisville areas. In the mid-1980s, Red left the bar business and began a second career as a truck driver, working for M&M Cartage for almost 20 years until he retired in July 2005. He was married several times.

A service to celebrate Red’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at the Pavilion at the Kentucky Veteran’s Cemetery Central, Radcliff, Kentucky with honors from the U.S. Navy. Visitation will be held from 5—8 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 16) at Arch L. Heady-Cralle Funeral Home, 2428 Frankfort Avenue. Please make any donations to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), or send condolences to the family at

A colorful character, Red is survived by his step-son, James Strohmaier, his companion Shirley Haulter and her close friend, Gwendella Powell, numerous other friends including Fred K. and Bill C., his caregiver, Robert Magers, and Robert’s lovely family. For the past 26 years Red was in recovery, being a proud member of Gamblers Anonymous. He liked sports, swore by vitamins, and will be missed.


  • Celebration of John's Life Friday, September 17, 2010

John Daniel Anaruma

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September 20, 2010

"Red" was a very nice man and a kind neighbor. We often greeted when walking our dog. He had a lot of wisdom he was willing to share and he will be missed.

Jieun Lee

September 18, 2010

I remember vividly the last time when i visited him in the hospital and took a picture with him before coming back home from last winter vacation. Even though he was going through a lot, whenever i visited him he gave me warm smile and freindly words to make me feel comfortable in another country and try to be my freind. I'm so sad. from far away, to know that i can't meet him again in person, but i will always remember him as a thoughtful and great person as he had always been to me and will pray for him to rest in peace.

September 17, 2010

I'm sending my thoughts to you and Red's family. I know it's hard... you've always been a great friend to me and I'm sure a lil' of Red must be in you. That's something to be greatful for. There's no easy way but onward. Keep him in your heart and you will both be happy.
Love, Virginia Schneider

Todd Steinau

September 17, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family!

Todd and Kristy

Bill Hemingway

September 16, 2010

Dear Carol, Jimmy, and Bob,

I was going to try to come by the funeral home to be with you this afternoon, but I have another previous engagement that I can not get out of. Hopefully, I will see you at the cemetery in the morning. I know I am going to miss a lot of good stories that are going to be told about the Great White Father. See you soon.

Leatrice (Lee) Johnson

September 15, 2010

I would like to express my condolences to James Strohmaier, Shirley Haulter, Gwendolyn Powell and all the Family and Friends of John "Red" Anaruma. Red was a very happy guy, and was always there to lend a hand to anyone in need. Red and I had a special bond, not just friends and neighbors, but fellow soldiers. As a Chief Warrant Officer, U.S, Army Retired, I always kept Red informed of his Military Benefits. I also kept his friends and neighbors of our condominium informed of Red's condition. The sadness of the passing of Red will be will be felt by many. May memories of his life lived to its fullest linger and the shadow of pain be lessened each passing day. God Bless You.

Kathy (KC) B

September 15, 2010

Such an inspiration to so many of us. May you rest in peace, Red and know that you will live on in the experience, strength and hope you passed on to the rest of us "newbies."

You are finally cured and I pray that when it's my turn, I will leave this earth as wise, humble and loving as you are.

Love transcends death and we will continue loving you.

Jim G.

September 15, 2010

Last saw Red at the Louisville conference. We exchanged geetings and were happy to meet again. Always enjoyed conversation at picnics and other GA events. Really got to know Red at his last pinning when he shared much of his experience, strength and hope with us. Will always be in my memory and in my heart.

Bill Hemingway

September 15, 2010

Dear Jimmy,
Losing Red is such a great loss for all of us. He was not only one of my best friends, but like a father to me--always trying to help me or my wife, Cheryl, or one of my kids. He was always giving me vitamins, numerous medical books, and Red's world famous street advice. I will sincerely miss the Great White Father, his love, and his friendship. If there is anything that I can do to help, please do not hesitate to ask.
Your friend,
Bill Hemingway