Unfortunately the death records & obits only go from 1873 on. I did check them however just in case but there is no John Shippy listed. There is no marriage record either, even though they are listed from 1839 on, they were not required to file with the county back then. The best place to look would be the cemeteries in Elkhorn, if they are there, then perhaps a church or furneral home would have their records. Happy Hunting!