Haukedahl, Orel Elden was born on May 12, 1907 in Madison, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Louis A. and Mina E. (Andrus) Haukedahl.
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, University Wisconsin, 1932.
Engineer Civil Works Administration, Madison, 1933—1934. Secretary Wisconsin Emergency Relief Administration, 1934—1935. Area engineer Works Progress Administration, 1935—1941.
Assistant engineer Federal Power Commission, Washington, 1941—1942, associate engineer Atlanta, 1942—1946. Supervising hydraulic engineer Chicago Regional Office, 1946—1953. Engineer charge River Basin work Chicago Federal Power Commission, 1953—1957, deputy regional engineer, 1957—1977.
With alternate Souris-Red-Rainy Basin Commission, 1967—1973. With Great Lakes Basin Commission, 1967—1977, Missouri River Basin Commission, 1972—1977, Upper Mississippi River Basin Commission, 1972—1977. Member coordinating committee Missouri River main stem reservoir operations, 1954—1977.
Served from lieutenant (junior grade) to lieutenant (senior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1946.
Member of American Society Public Administration, University Wisconsin Alumni Association, Moose, Mason.
Married Ellen Sorensen, September 1, 1951. Children: Jane E., Brian L.