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ANARUMA, JOHN DANIEL "RED," died peacefully in his sleep on September 10, 2010 from complications due to a variety of illnesses.

He was born October 18, 1928 and was upbeat and irrepressible until the end. Born in Covington, KY 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, OH. Red graduated from Purcell High School, a Roman Catholic parochial school in Walnut Hills, OH 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 colorful character, Red is survived by his stepson, 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.

A service to celebrate Red's life will be held at 11 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, September 16, 2010 at Arch L. Heady-Cralle Funeral Home, 2428 Frankfort Avenue.

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Published in The Courier-Journal on Sept. 15, 2010
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