"Ski" Garstkiewicz's interests ranged from archery to fishing to jujitsu, in which he had earned a black belt. He loved being an assistant scoutmaster and marching in American Legion parades with his father, a World War II Navy veteran.
In 1966 he graduated from Mastbaum. He worked for a machine drafting and design firm before entering the Army in June 1968. The 21 year old sergeant, a rifleman and light weapons infantryman assigned to Company "C" of the 6th Batallion, 31st Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, died in Vietnam on January 9, 1970. He was survived by his parents and two younger brothers, both of whom were in the armed forced at the time.