Richard J. Leinert

November 26, 1923September 30, 2013

Richard J. Leinert, age 89 of Danbury, died on September 30th at Griffin Hospital, Derby. He was the husband of Emelene R. (Dubey) (Robbins) Leinert.

Richard was born November 26, 1923 in Darien, the son of the the late Frank J. and Katherine (Strehl) Leinert. Raised and educated in Darien, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. Following his discharge from the service, Richard operated the Leinert Dairy in Darien until 1959 when he started Mooney Aircraft at the Danbury Airport, operating the business until the time of his retirement.

An avid pilot and a lover of aircraft, Richard owned and operated his own planes for over 50 years. He was a parishioner of Saint Joseph Church, Danbury.

In addition to his wife Emelene, Richard is survived by his four step children: Stanley Robbins and Kenny Robbins both of Danbury, Lenny Robbins of New Milford and Florence Barton of Rhode Island, 14 step grandchildren, one great step grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. Richard was predeceased by his first wife Joyce (Deviney) Leinert, his two sisters Theresa and Helen, and his brother Robert.

There are no calling hours.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday October 10th at St. Joseph Church, Danbury at 10:00am. Burial with military honors will follow in Saint Peter Cemetery, Danbury.

Memorial contributions are requested to be made to Saint Joseph Church, 8 Robinson Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810.

The Green Funeral Home 57 Main Street Danbury is in charge of arrangements.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, October 10, 2013

Richard J. Leinert

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Carol Pelletier

November 3, 2013

Dear Min, All my sympathy to you on the loss of your Dear Husband, Rich. My thought and prayers are with you always..Puss

Lori Godino

October 8, 2013


As you know I had the pleasure of working with Dick for many years. I was so sad to hear of his passing. It brought tears to my eyes. My thoughts and prayers go out to you at his time...this was a great loss. I take pleasure in having known him.

With Sincerel Sympathy,

Catherine Robbins

October 8, 2013

Thank you for all the "Fatherly" chats. You will be dearly missed but never forgotten.
"Blue skies and Palomino ponies," my darling.

Joe B.

October 8, 2013

Dick was a frequent visitor at oxford airport where we would have moving talks on aviation issues I will miss his input , thanks dick.

Linda Hayward

October 8, 2013

I am sorry for your loss. May the wonderful memories of Richard bring you peace and comfort.

Rae Willis

October 7, 2013

Conn Mooney was our repair shop and Dick was our "go to guy" for many years. Dick was the second person to ride in our Mooney 201 Missile conversion in 1994. He ran a great dealership and was a reliable source of knowledge about Mooney maintenance. We have missed him. Our condolences to his family.

Joe H. Schmerber

October 7, 2013

To the family of Richard Leinert: My Condolences. I first met Dick in 1958, when we both joined Mooney Aircraft, He as a Distributor and me as an employee in the sales department. I was on the other side of the phone during all of our business relations and never a disagreement or a cross word. He was a gentle man and my thoughts are with you.